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As the Group Program Manager for Windows Security & Identity, I look forward to attending Black Hat and this year was no exception. It’s a great experience to join my colleagues from the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) team at Microsoft and meet with some of the world’s leading security experts.
While TwC announced updates to its MAPP program, for my part I was at the event to discuss Windows’ security vision and how this translates into new security enhancements we’re delivering in Windows 8.1.
The Windows 8.1 update offers a full spectrum of new and improved security capabilities – from features that enable devices to be fully locked down by IT, to remote security options for BYOD devices, to safeguards for personal devices that need to access business resources from home.
For all of you that couldn’t make it to Black Hat in Las Vegas this week, I wanted to summarize the major takeaways we shared at the event.
#1 Trustworthy Hardware
Trusted hardware is a key investment area for Microsoft in Windows 8.1. Often in a BYOD scenario, if an employee buys a new computer, it can be hit-or-miss as to whether the device will have all the tools baked in that an IT department needs to make sure any data on that device is secure. With Windows 8.1 we take away the guesswork.
#2 Modern Access Control
With Windows 8.1, we’ve focused a lot of attention on the controls that IT departments can place on devices to restrict who can physically access a device.
#3 Protecting Sensitive Data
We’ve also put a lot of thought into how businesses can protect their data even when it resides on employees’ personal devices.
#4 Malware Resistance
As security threats continue to evolve, we continue to step up our built-in malware resistance measures to stay ahead of attackers.
Security continues to be a top priority for Microsoft, from secure development practices, to addressing any emerging vulnerabilities, to collaborating with others in the industry to protect our customers. As part of this commitment, I’m excited for businesses and consumer alike to experience the added security measures that we are introducing with this iteration of Windows.
The Windows 8.1 Preview is currently available for download here. And, as we shared earlier this week, the Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview is also available for enterprise customers to begin deploying on test machines. With Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you will see all of these new security features, as well as unique features specific to the enterprise customers using Windows Server.
News on August 05, 2013 : http://goo.gl/i9tZSQ
Black Hat 2013: Windows 8.1 Helps Keep Data Secure in a Modern Environment
News on August 04, 2013 : http://goo.gl/QYyD4l
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Will Microsoft release a new desktop keyboard with fingerprint reader integrated?
Or any other fpr products that would actually work with OS?
News on August 03, 2013 : goo .gl/WOhqLt
Google is also planning to add encryption to google drive to secure the data . And see www.mobileosworld.com/.../vector-3-nick-arnott-and-security.html